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FEATURED short  STORY

Adventures of Butch and the Holy Brigade

by zuzanna koziatek​

Adventures of Butch and the Holy Brigade

by zuzanna koziatek​

Butch kissed an alien today; a goddess that would leave her changed for a lifetime.

The stranger’s cat-like amber eyes shimmered with fire as the early autumn sun reflected their beautiful aura, her beautiful aura. It pulled Butch closer and closer until she could no longer remember why they were there lying in the lime green grass, side by side and face to face.

The woman’s piercing and comforting gaze was disarming. Butch tried to resist its yearning, but with every passing millisecond of what seemed to be endless time, the longing within her grew exponentially. Thoroughly helpless against the bronze-skinned beauty, the desire to know her exploded in Butch. She closed her eyes and met her inviting, soft, kind lips. Butch slowly caressed the woman’s delicate face and then her long slender body.

They were naked…[read more]

Butch kissed an alien today; a goddess that would leave her changed for a lifetime.

The stranger’s cat-like amber eyes shimmered with fire as the early autumn sun reflected their beautiful aura, her beautiful aura. It pulled Butch closer and closer until she could no longer remember why they were there lying in the lime green grass, side by side and face to face.

The woman’s piercing and comforting gaze was disarming. Butch tried to resist its yearning, but with every passing millisecond of what seemed to be endless time, the longing within her grew exponentially. Thoroughly helpless against the bronze-skinned beauty, the desire to know her exploded in Butch. She closed her eyes and met her inviting, soft, kind lips. Butch slowly caressed the woman’s delicate face and then her long slender body.

They were naked…[read more]

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